Intellectual Life in a Technological Age

September 23, 2020
7 p.m. ET

Intellectual Life in a Technological Age

How to Develop a Brilliant Mind in a Time of Endless Distraction

Ever sat down to read a book . . . and found yourself looking at your phone instead?

Or felt worried about how much shorter your attention span has become?

You’re not alone. Many students (and even faculty!) feel the same way.

The good news is that you can nurture an intellectual life in our technological age. This free webinar will show you how.

With the experienced guidance of professors Zena Hitz and Glenn Arbery, you will learn how to cultivate lifelong habits that will feed your intellect, how to discover formative books and concepts, and much more.

Zena Hitz is a tutor at St. John’s College and the author of Lost in Thought, which Literary Review calls “an inspirational attestation of the ability of intellectual activity to dignify oppressed lives.”

Glenn Arbery is president of Wyoming Catholic College and the author of several books, including Why Literature Matters.

Join Zena Hitz and Glenn Arbery on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. EDT for a unique workshop that will inspire, challenge, and guide you.

Reserve your spot now!

About Zena Hitz

Zena Hitz Zena Hitz is a Tutor at St. John’s College and the recipient of the 2020 Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Her book Lost In Thought (Princeton University Press) explores the meaning and the value of learning for its own sake through images and stories of bookworms, philosophers, scientists, and other learners, both fictional and historical. She also give lectures at colleges for the Thomistic Institute, recently on the theme of leisure and its necessity for human beings.

After graduating from St. John’s College herself, Zena Hitz studied classics and philosophy at Cambridge and the University of Chicago before finishing up her PhD at Princeton. After finishing her degree she taught philosophy, briefly at McGill University, then at Auburn University and finally for some years at UMBC.  She spent three years living and working in the Madonna House Apostolate before coming back to teach at St. John’s in 2015.  She has also taught in prison programs and has a general interest in bringing humanist studies to non-traditional students. 

About Glenn Arbery

Glenn Arbery Glenn Arbery grew up as a Southerner and a Protestant. His reading of Flannery O’Connor as a freshman at the University of Georgia began his journey toward the Roman Catholic Church. A convert at 25, he entered the Church at the University of Dallas, where he met his wife-to-be, Virginia Lombardo, and later took his Ph.D. in Literature and Politics. He has taught literature at the University of St. Thomas in Houston; Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire; the University of Dallas (through the Dallas Institute); and Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he held the d’Alzon Chair of Liberal Education. In 2013, he and his wife Virginia, also a Ph.D. from the University of Dallas, went to Wyoming Catholic College to teach Humanities, Trivium, and Philosophy. Dr. Arbery became president of Wyoming Catholic in 2016.

He has served as Director of the Teachers Academy at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and as an editor at People Newspapers in Dallas, where he won regional and national awards for his writing. In addition to numerous essays and reviews, he has published two volumes with ISI Books, Why Literature Matters (2001) and The Southern Critics (2010), editor. He is also the editor of The Tragic Abyss (2003) for the Dallas Institute Press and Augustine’s Confessions and Its Influence, St. Augustine Press (2019). His novel Bearings and Distances was published by Wiseblood Books in 2015, and he has a second novel, Boundaries of Eden, now under consideration.

Dr. Arbery and his wife Virginia have eight children and eighteen grandchildren.